Staff team


Nick Hiscocks, Vicar

Nick is married to Cecilia and they have four children – Lucy, Millie and twin boys Jonty and Titus. Nick joined us in 2011 from Christ Church Bromley, where he served as curate and Associate Vicar for Mission, during which time he led a church plant for 4 years. Nick enjoys playing squash, cooking and watching war films.


sam-passportSam Dickinson, Assistant Minister

Born in Devon and raised in Wiltshire, Sam is delighted to be back in the West Country, joining the staff team in September 2016. He and his wife Emily have one son, Finn, and they are longing to help people in Westbourne meet Jesus. At the weekend you’ll find them on the beach or exploring the Isle of Purbeck. A newcomer to the area, Sam is on the hunt for local ale and a good curry; any tip-offs gratefully received!  


IMG_2290Tom Winstone, Families, Youth and Children’s Minister

Tom is married to Isabelle and they have a daughter called Josie. Before coming to Christ Church Westbourne, Tom spent two years studying Children’s and Youth Ministry at Oak Hill Theological College. Tom enjoys teaching the Bible to children, young people and their families and equipping others to do the same. In his spare time, he enjoys football, motocross and photography.


Andy Nash, Community Minister

Andy is responsible for building our links with all who live and work in our local area, in order to help everyone understand the Christian faith. He is married to Abi (see below!) and became a Christian while a geology student at Aberystwyth University. He worked in the construction industry for several years before training for ministry at the Cornhill Training Course in London.


Abi Nash, Women’s Worker

Abi is married to Andy and, like him, trained at the Cornhill Training Course. Abi’s work includes Christian encouragement of women in the church. She became a Christian while she was at sixth-form college, and was a housing officer before working for the church.


David Thornhill-Smith, Internationals and Seniors Minister

David is married to Lisanne and has been working at Christ Church since September 2012.
Half of David’s time is spent reaching out with the gospel to international students studying locally. This involves leading a cafe, welcoming students to the Sunday services and reading the Bible with individual students.
The other half of the time, David is serving the seniors within the church family by praying, visiting them and encouraging them to trust and keep on trusting Jesus.
In his spare time, David enjoys keeping an eye on the highs and lows of Sheffield Wednesday, playing football (badly) and other sports and reading.


Theo Irvine, Ministry Apprentice

Theo studied music at King’s College London and graduated in 2015. He then spent a year working for Nationwide Building Society in Bournemouth during which time he attended Christ Church. He enjoys playing the piano, cross country running and the odd game of football and tennis! 

Kirsten Parker, Ministry Apprentice

Kirsten has been a member of Christ Church since 2013. Before starting work at Christ Church, Kirsten spent several years working in the customer support industry. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, climbing and cycling.

Sue Bennett, Pastoral Care co-ordinator

Sue co-ordinates visiting, support and pastoral care for our members who are ill or have a particular need. Sue became a Christian as a teenager on a CYFA houseparty. After training at Cranmer Hall, she worked as a Lay Minister on the staff of a number of churches with responsibility for women’s and pastoral work. She has been married to Tony for 4 years.


Barry and Shirley Windsor, Church Visitors

Barry and Shirley visit our church members who are in hospital or ill at home. Barry is a retired GP and Shirley a retired nurse.




Eddie Purse, Church Visitor

Eddie also visits our church members who are in hospital or ill at home. Eddie is married to Cynthia and is a retired Baptist pastor, who has served churches in Hertfordshire and Sussex.